Monthly Archives: March 2020

American Chemical Society signs innovative North American open access agreement with MIT

(19 Mar 2020) The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries today announced a new and innovative agreement, which will advance key elements of open access. Through this agreement, all ACS journal articles with MIT-affiliated corresponding authors will be made open access. The associated accepted manuscripts will […]

March 23, 2020 10:57 am

Rangsit University Library is the winner of the 5th IFLA Green Library Award 2020

(19 Mar 2020) The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by ENSULIB (SIG) and generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing. The award is 500 Euros for the first place winner. To ENSULIB’s great delight, more than 50 submissions were received from around the world, from Asia, Africa, Europe and America for Green Library Award 2020. The award […]

March 20, 2020 4:51 pm

Elsevier’s International Center for the Study of Research launches ICSR Lab

(16 Mar 2020) The International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) announced the successful launch of ICSR Lab today. With this new resource, ICSR provides researchers with a powerful cloud-based platform which enables them to analyze large structured metadata datasets. The new service contributes towards ICSR’s goal to further the study of research and thus to contribute […]

March 19, 2020 1:12 pm

Emerald Publishing launches a £20,000 fund to cover article processing charges to aid research on emergency situation

(16 Mar 2020) Emerald Publishing has today announced that it has launched a publishing fund of £20,000 to cover the article publishing charges (APCs) for any research that relates to societal impacts as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and similar health emergencies.   As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak continues to spread, Emerald Publishing wants to elp researchers disseminate timely and relevant findings which […]

March 18, 2020 4:50 pm

Coronavirus-impacted libraries get unlimited access to Proquest Ebook Central

ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge. (17 Mar 2020) The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an unprecedented effect on higher-education institutions across the globe. Many libraries have found they suddenly need to support a […]

March 18, 2020 8:38 am

Taiwan: number of new books hits 18-year low

(10 Mar 2020) The number of new books published in Taiwan last year was the lowest in 18 years, a National Central Library report released on Saturday showed. Last year, 36,810 new titles were published — 2,304, or 5.89 percent, fewer than in 2017, the report said, adding that last year was the first time since […]

March 16, 2020 2:34 pm

UK library on fundraising drive to conserve rare Mughal miniature collection

(15 Mar 2020) The UK’s renowned Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is focussing its annual fundraising drive on rare manuscripts this year, with a 17th century Mughal miniature collection from India at the heart of the conservation efforts. Known as ‘The Douce Album’, the manuscript of exquisite miniature paintings and calligraphy was assembled for […]

March 16, 2020 2:32 pm

The COVID-19 online pivot: adapting university teaching to social distancing

(12 Mar 2020) As universities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak by closing campuses and shifting to online forms of distance learning, many institutions and educators are scrambling to develop online engagement plans. In this repost, Martin Weller (Professor of Education Technology at the Open University) brings together a number of useful for resources for anyone […]

March 16, 2020 10:05 am

“The Uncensored Library”: the digital home of press freedom within a global computer game

Press freedom NGO, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), creates a loophole to overcome censorship by building a safe haven for press freedom. Where? Within one of the world’s most successful video games, Minecraft. (12 Mar 2020)  Minecraft is a favourite – one of the world’s most successful computer games, with more than 145 million active players […]

March 13, 2020 4:52 pm

Whitepaper: boosting open access publications with content marketing

(13 Mar 2020)  Open access (OA) is meant to bring us closer to open science. So, what is hindering progress? The truth is, accessing the literature is only half of the story. The other half is the obstacle created by the use of specialised language in the scientific literature. An inability to understand the meaning […]

March 13, 2020 1:26 pm

Measuring the success of transformative agreements

(12 Mar 2020)  Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, seeks to measure the “success” of experience existing transformative agreements. Scholarly Kitchen has the full story here.  

March 13, 2020 9:51 am

Blackboard Inc. announces execution of definitive agreement to sell its Open LMS Business

(11 Mar 2020) Blackboard Inc. (“Blackboard”) today announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its Blackboard Open LMS business (“Open LMS”) to Learning Technologies Group plc (“LTG”). The transaction enables Blackboard to further simplify its business and accelerate momentum in helping clients move to its Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment of Learn and […]

March 12, 2020 9:20 am

UNESCO guide on distance learning solutions to mitigate COVID-19 school closures

(12 Mar 2020) In response to school closures caused by COVID-19, UNESCO recommends the use of distance learning programmes to limit the disruption of education. Below is a list of open educational applications and platforms to help schools and teachers facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction. While these solutions do not carry UNESCO’s explicit endorsement, […]

March 12, 2020 9:01 am

IOP provides remote online access to scientific information in China

(10 Mar 2020) Since the start of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Chinese schools, universities and research organisations have been in lock down. Many of China’s learners and researchers have needed to stay at home, losing access to vitally important education and research. Responding to China’s urgent need, IOP Publishing recently announced (in Chinese) it now provides remote […]

March 12, 2020 8:49 am

Identifying Open Science skills for library staff & researchers

(10 MAR 2020)  From LIBER: The array of knowledge, skills and competencies needed to practice Open Science (OS) effectively can be daunting for many librarians and researchers, particularly those who are new to OS concepts and practices.  Identifying which skills are needed is the first step for anyone wishing to upskill themselves or others in […]

March 11, 2020 8:53 am